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This Little Mommy Stayed Home: A Novel Paperback – June 23, 2009
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New mother Joy McGuire, the put-upon heroine of this mixed mom-com, considers herself a martyr: all her body parts are either sagging or swelling (conditions she describes in great detail), she has an annoying mother-in-law, her husband spends all his time trying to save the private school where he's headmaster, her mother is marrying a man who can't possibly be as saintly as Joy's long-dead father, she suspects she missed the boat by not marrying her old college boyfriend, and she's lusting after her manipulative yoga instructor. Fortunately for Joy, her comfortable suburban New York friends are willing to discuss her woes at length. For those who enjoy soliloquies about poopy diapers, sore nipples and reproductive anatomy, Joy is an amusing character, though her one-note self-absorption can become grating. Wilde, a yoga instructor and mother of two young children, writes with an authenticity that will both entertain and irritate.
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"Here's a talent test: when a narrator's doldrums make a reader laugh out loud. Samantha Wilde's inkwell must be filled with truth serum because this brave and funny book gets the postpartum peaks and valleys so very, winningly, right."—Elinor Lipman, author of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift
"[This] is the funniest novel I've read in a long, long time. What a treat! Mothers everywhere deserve this book." —Ellen Meister, author of The Smart One
"Samantha Wilde is the irreverent, knowing, laugh-out-loud, brutally honest but most treasured best friend that every new mommy craves and every reader relishes. They should issue this smart, hilarious novel along with newborn onesies and nursing pads."—Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Babes in Captivity
“Riotously hilarious, unabashedly honest and positively impossible to put down. Samantha Wilde’s debut is a must read for all moms and non-moms alike.” —Jessica Brody, author of The Fidelity Files
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The dilemmas and internal dialogue of her heroine are authentic, and even if the reader has not experienced every aspect of this life, many more will resonate and make you smile out loud!
Although this appears, at first glace, to perhaps be a chick lit book, its really more of a coming to terms type of book than a chick lit. Yes, there are some funny episodes and yes, there is some romance, but this novel is all about our main character Joy who has had to grow up and actually deal with the responsibilities in her life.
I liked the writing style of author Wilde and I like the unique situations that the main character Joy finds herself in - however, I did not care very much for Joy or any of the characters in this book. Joy came off as being totally surprised that she actually has a baby - as if one day she looked down and she was 9months pregnant. Her husband is basically useless for much of the storyline and her mother - forget about her mother! In some types of novel, this would actually be sad, but the main character is pretty shallow and as a matter of fact, keeps having these crushes on men that are not her husband - but yet, seems pretty clueless as to how to even begin to deal with her own husband issues.
As I mentioned, some of the situations Joy finds herself in are funny and I loved reading about them, but this novel just felt shallow to me.
I am sure the author was going for the "funny side" of first time mothering, but, in my opinion, this book does not really come close to it.
It's rare to find a book that makes me actually laugh out loud, but this one had my toddler looking up at me several times to ask what was so funny.
Our heroine finds herself at the extreme end of the most common new-mommy situations: with the arrival of Joy's baby, her husband suddenly seems AWOL, her mother is too involved in her own life to help much, her mother-in-law is the epitome of mothers-in-law, and the vacuum that used to be a good night's sleep and a good marriage gets filled in with chocolate, fantasies about her hot yoga instructor, and baby-head-smell huffing.
If you haven't been there, you're not a mother.
If you have a friend who's just become (or about to become) a mother, give her this book. Really. Aside from chocolate, laughter really is the best medicine for coping with a new baby.
It appeared early in the novel that this new mother would be someone that new moms could relate to and would be able to find something of themselves in her. Instead, she is self-pitying, spoiled, and totally self-absorbed.
The humor fell flat too. Just didn't find this book funny at all.